I know, I know. I've been a bad blogger but can you blame me with this unseasonably warm weather? As the Real Autumn* begins to descend upon us, I look back on the last, beautiful weekend of the summer.
Can you believe that this photo was taken in October in Suffolk, England? October is traditionally the rainiest month in Suffolk with temperatures averaging 15°c. A group of friends and colleagues went up to Swilland Mill to celebrate my friend Kate’s Hen Party (also known as a bachelorette party). We were blessed with incredible weather with temperatures soaring into the late 20s and clear, sunny skies.
We had a fabulous weekend with lots of karaoke, Prosecco and food. We also had an Ann Summers party, Butler-in-the-Buff and a very swanky murder mystery dinner. I am pleased to say that this time, it wasn’t me! I was having far too much fun during the weekend to take any photos (and what happens at the Hen’s Party stays at the Hen’s Party) but I certainly fell in love with the venue.
Swilland Mill was one of the largest post mills ever built in Suffolk and they suspect that it might have been the largest ever built anywhere. It was built around 1800 and first appeared on local maps in 1825. They stopped using the mill in the 1930s and it fell into disrepair after the war until the 1970s when it was used by a local potter. You can read all about the history of the mill here: History of Swilland Mill.
Today, Swilland Mill is comprised of three luxury apartments (if you can call 3-4 story luxury accommodation ‘apartments’). They have been exquisitely refurbished and decorated and I guess it is no surprise that I enjoyed it so much there that I have booked a week’s holiday there just before Christmas. We were going to take Ste’s parent’s on a road trip around Suffolk and Norwich anyway, and now we are going to do something similar but just have a base up there from which to travel.
Can you blame me for liking it so much? I love that there are pieces of old mill equipment located around the apartments. We got to explore all three apartments this weekend and the one I have booked over December has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge with flat screen TV and DVDs and a gorgeous kitchen. It is perfect for a winter getaway with the family.
*The Real Autumn is distinguished from the Unreal Autumn that we had in September in that this time, it won’t be followed by a glorious week of beautiful blue skies, hot sunshine and summer dresses. I am quite confident in saying that today was the last day for 6 months that I will go to work without a jacket and long sleeved shirt on.
I’m really excited for this autumn and winter and am looking forward to colourful winter clothing, Christmas markets, two weddings, visits from my South African family, blogger’s outings and X Factor and Merlin. Of course, that also comes with colder weather and the inexplicable increase in my appetite, rain, two exams and craziness at work. What do you have planned for this season?